I feel like I'm in a very positive place in the last couple of weeks.
Ok....the house is in a mess but it's really getting there...and I HATE the rented house....and I'm SO busy with everything that I'm exhausted come the end of the week . But, somehow, through all of this I'm kinda finding a little bit of time to Stop. Breathe. Smell. the roses...even if it's for just a few minutes.
This post is kinda in line with Hammie's previous post...."The Best Things In life are Free." 'Cos it's been on my mind for some time....only getting around to it now!
Here's a list of the things, in the last week or so that have brought a smile to my face or just quite simply made me feel good! I wonder if I can make it a list of 10?? Hmmm..... lets see.
No 1: The Test
Almost 2 weeks ago Snuggles did his testing for his orange belt in Taekwando. It's only his 2nd testing and he's only been going a year. Bearing in mind that he finds it difficult to stay easy for a long length of time he did extremely well. They have to be on the floor for about 40 minutes or so and the Master (who tests them) is quite strict. Twice he had to remind Snuggles (and ONLY him) that he must stay easy as he's still being tested.
They're big into neat dress and respect. Snuggles top was all twisted on him and kept sticking out at all angles! I had this INCREDIBLE urge to halt proceedings and attend to him!! But I managed to stay easy too! At last weeks class they got their results......they all passed with flying colours!! I was so proud of him as he went to collect his orange belt! That brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye!
No 2: The Chat
On TWO occasions in the last week I've had a real grownup CONVERSATION with my son. OK, the 1st one was me trying to get the Santa list and Birthday Party lists out of him (he'll be 9 on 22nd December!) It was the way he was talking though....throwing in all the things his peers say (watch out Sesame...Babs is next!)...like: "Of course there's a Santa...come on Mum...we saw the real one in Lapland"! Indeed we did...
The funny part was after I'd told Daddy that we'd had a grownup chat Snuggles came and whispered to me..."Did we really?" He was delighted with himself!
No 3: The Walk
We've taken to walking home from school 3 days a week....well it's the only chance I get to walk the dog. So, this one day we're walking home...me, Snuggles and Scamp. I had to go to the chemist so I tie Scamp up outside and Snuggles minds him and WAITS for me to get back so he can go into Spar! He goes in to the shop, by himself and buys his ice cream. So independant.
The best, heartwarming part was going home from there. There I am laden down with schoolbag, 2 coats and the dog pulling me this way and that. I'm a bit fed up TBH. Then I look ahead and see Snuggles skipping along eating his ice cream! So happy and content! Therefore...so was I. A lovely moment.
No 4: The Friends
I've noticed something recently....... more children are saying "hi" to snuggles as they pass by. He's also responding to them, more so than before. He's approaching them and having real proper chats.
There's this one kid who is just soooo cute! I've such a soft spot for him. He's one of the youngest in his class, is a little bit babyish and his Mum died when he was 5. He tends to walk some of the way home with us and they chat. This one day C says to S..." say Get a life to me". So S says "to me". C repeats what he said and S repeats the whole lot back to him! Getting confusing so C, unable to restrain himself just bursts out with the punchline (said in a dramatic girly voice...obviously copied from older sis!) and says "I already have one and it's fabulous!! Well, I just burst out laughing! Snuggles of course turns to me and says "I don't get it...what does it mean?" Then of course I had to explain it to him....he still doesn't get it! I got a laugh though!
No 5: The Birthday Party
Snuggles has decided that he wants a football party this year! Now, bear in mind the 1st one he went to was only in July 2007 and he wouldn't play...Him and C (above story) played in the play area. For which I was very thankful! Then last February C had a football birthday party and Snuggles coped very well...not too many incidents!!
He joined the local football team last March....just so he'd be able to cope at yard time and any more parties. I didn't want him to be excluded. He just went to the practise and didn't have to play any matches....has a VERY understanding coach! He plays matches now....well, they put him on for 5 or 10 mins! He's doing very well now and I've NO problem with the fact he wants this party. I'm THRILLED. Not worried at all. Probably won't even bother with a social story either!! AND....you'd wanna see the invite list....getting longer by the day! Yay...Happy Days! Well, fingers crossed....don't wanna count me chickens too early!
(Snuggles is the one with foot on the ball....and with shinpads outside his socks as "they hurt")
No 6: The Hairdressers
I FINALLY made time to go to the Hairdressers and get the hair cut.....and Highlighted, of course. Got it much shorter than usual. So it's shorter...blonder....but I'm no younger! I guess he can only do so much...ain't a miracle worker!
What struck me though was that there I was sitting there for 3 HOURS with nothing to do....except make small talk and flick through magazines! Bliss. Forgot what that was like. Also, I was in better form (less tired) when I collected Snuggles from school.
It also reminded me of something I forgot. My little monthly treat....my most guarded secret that I'll share with you now. Not even Mr Jazzy knows about this! But...about once a month I get up, as usual and bring Snuggles to school. I dash home, turn off the phones, make Tea and toast and take it back to bed, read my book then go back to sleep for an hour!! So it's kinda breakfast in bed....I just have to get up first! I tell ya, it's TOTAL bliss and revives me no end. I will eventually get back to those days.
No 7: The Dog
Now Scamp really is the bane of my life...he's so hyper and hard to manage! I simply don't have the time to walk him these days. That said he does get out for a walk (may only be 20mins some days) every day. But, to see his little face, ears up and tail wagging in anticipation is sooo cute. Also makes me feel guilty! Then when he's out walking, tail wagging again and he's SO happy to be out...smelling all the smells.....burying bits of tissue and paper that he finds....and....eating all the poos he can find! Yes, he's still at that stage!! So disgusting!
No 8: The Beach
NOTHING calms me more than looking at the beach. Even if I only have 5 mins to look at the water and enjoy the view. Now Shankill beach is not great...very rocky...but lovely to be on when tide is out and I can see both Dalkey and Bray heads.
It's only 5 mins away from our house so I'll get back to it when we move back. Can't wait!
N0 9: The One-Liners
As I've said before ("Happy Talkin....") Snuggles is great for the ould one-liners! He often comments on how alike he thinks we look. Last week he sez....." How come we look like each other Mum?." Followed by THE classic of all time....."except for the wrinkles!!!!" What can you do but laugh....he has a point!!
No 10: Snuggles
Last but not least.....having snuggles (AKA snuggies) with Snuggles. What a way to start and end EVERY day......with at least 10 thrown in during the day for good measure!
Well that's it! I made it to 10! I could even add afew more.
I did this in 2 sessions...started last Saturday (night...how sad!)...and since then things have gotten hectic again and there are some building issues etc, etc. But, all I have to do is read this from time to time and remember we all have a lot to be cheerful about....it's just harder to find some days.
Can you find 10 things that happened recently to make YOU smile?? xx J